12 days in Mexico Itinerary

12 days in Mexico Itinerary

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12 days in Mexico Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  30​h
1
Cozumel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Tulum
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Oaxaca
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Cabo San Lucas
— 3 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Nairobi

1
night
Cozumel

Cozumel ©
Thanks to the island's outstanding scuba diving and snorkeling options, Cozumel tourism sector remains a major employer and the main source of income for this Caribbean getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Palancar Reef, head outdoors with Paradise Beach, and then put a fun spin on your tour with The Amazing Cozumel Race. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, look for gifts at Deja Vu Leather & Jewelry, and then see the vivid underwater world at Santa Rosa Wall.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cozumel online travel planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Cozumel is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in August, things will get a bit warmer in Cozumel: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Cozumel

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palancar Reef ©
Palancar Reef
Santa Rosa Wall ©
Santa Rosa Wall
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Tulum

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Cenote, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Paraiso, then view the masterpieces at MiNiAtUrE art Gallery, and finally look for gifts at La Llorona. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tulum, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi, ferry, and bus from Cozumel to Tulum takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oaxaca.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gran Cenote ©
Gran Cenote

1
day
Oaxaca

Oaxaca ©
Capital city of the eponymous state, Oaxaca relies heavily on its colonial charm, its core a maze of tree-shaded alleys flanked by photogenic mansions, government buildings, and old churches.
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman, stop by Aripo, then hunt for treasures at Mercado Benito Juárez, and finally contemplate the long history of Monte Alban.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oaxaca day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tulum to Oaxaca takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tulum to Oaxaca. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oaxaca when traveling from Tulum in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cabo San Lucas.

Things to do in Oaxaca

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monte Alban ©
Monte Alban
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca ©
Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman ©
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman

3
nights
Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas ©
One of Mexico's premier vacation spots, Cabo San Lucas lures pleasure seekers with its trendy restaurant scene, raucous nightlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Paquime and La Turquesa Jewelry and Art. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Maria Beach and Playa del Amor. Get out of town with these interesting Cabo San Lucas side-trips: San Jose del Cabo (Jonathan Sanchez Jewelry & I.O. Domani). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Eclectic Array, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chileno Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cabo San Lucas online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Oaxaca to Cabo San Lucas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Oaxaca to Cabo San Lucas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oaxaca in August, plan for much hotter nights in Cabo San Lucas, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cabo San Lucas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

San Jose del Cabo
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria Beach ©
Santa Maria Beach
Chileno Beach ©
Chileno Beach
Playa del Amor ©
Playa del Amor

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